Mellanox M3601Q InfiniBand Switch Blade

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Mellanox M3601Q


Sustained Network Performance

The Mellanox® M3601Q from Dell™ supports static routing to reduce or eliminate network congestion. For conditions in which output ports are oversubscribed, the M3601Q supports InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA) 1.2 congestion control mechanisms. The switch system works together with the ConnectX® I/O host channel adapter (HCA) to restrict the traffic causing congestion and ensure high bandwidth and low latency to all other flows. Whether used for parallel computation or as a converged fabric, the combination of high bandwidth, adaptive or static routing, and congestion control provides excellent traffic-carrying capacity.

Easy to Manage

The M3601Q is easily managed through any IBTA-compliant subnet manager. Mellanox recommends installing and running the OpenFabrics software stack on each server blade. Any server can then run the subnet manager, along with switch management tools. Port configuration and data paths can be set up automatically, or customized to meet the needs of the application. And you can update firmware in-band, for simple network maintenance.

Port Attributes

  • 32 auto-negotiating 10, 20, 40Gb/s fully non-blocking InfiniBand ports

    16 internal server ports
    Up-to 16 external QSFP connector ports for use with uplink cables
    Passive copper cable
    Optical media adapter and active cable support

    Port and system status LED indicators

    Per port status LEDs:
    Link, Activity
    System status LEDs: System status, power


  • Simultaneous wire-speed any port to any port
    Total switching bandwidth 2.56Tb/s
    Up to 16K Multicase Addresses per Subnet
    Up-to 48K Unicast Addresses Max per Subnet

Quality of Service

  • Fine grained end-to-end QoS
    Advanced scheduling engine supports quality of service for up to 9 traffic classes 9 virtual lanes
    8 data
    1 management

Other Switching

  • IBTA Specification 1.2 compliant
    Integrated subnet manager agent
    Linear forwarding table
    256 to 4Kbyte MTU
    48K entry linear forwarding data base
    Hot-swappable, enabling expansion without server interruption
    Adaptive Routing


  • Diagnostic and debug tools
    Port mirroring
    Unmanaged switch supports OpenSM or third-party subnet managers

    NOTE: Mellanox OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software stack contains a subnet manager along with switch management tools


  • 272.54 x58.98 x 255.02 mm (H x W x D)
    10.73 x 2.32 x 10.04 inches

Standards Supported

    US/Canada: cTUVus
    EU: IEC60950
    International: CB

    USA: FCC, Class A
    Canada: ICES, Class A
    EU: CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
    Japan: VCCI, Class A
    Korea: RRL (MIC), Class A
    Australia/New Zealand: C-Tick Class A

    EU: IEC 60068-2-64: Random Vibration
    EU: IEC 60068-2-29: Shocks, Type I / II
    EU: IEC 60068-2-32: Fall Test

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 0º C to 40º C
    Operating Relative Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing

    Dissipated power: 85W
    Power through connector: 2W per port
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